Touch the Wall

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Christo Brock & Grant Barbeito

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A feature documentary that follows swimming phenom Missy Franklin and teammate Kara Lynn Joyce as they prepare for the London Olympics.
Backers: 910
Average Pledge Per Backer: $131

Funded: $119,619 of $110,000
Dates: Feb 22nd -> Apr 23rd (60 days)
Project By: Christo Brock & Grant Barbeito
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Latest News

Kickstarter for Paralympian Marin Morrison: Swimming with Brain Cancer

June 24th - via:
MARIN Morrison was one of the most inspirational stories to come out of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. The teenager, whom doctors discovered had a brain tumor in 2005, struggled to complete three swimming events at the Games after suffering a near fatal stroke just months prior. After years battling brain cancer, Morrison passed away in February of 2009. NBC chronicled her story throughout the Games, and a documentary film titled "Touch the Wall -- The Marin Morrison Story" was eventually released. Now, her father Matt Morrison is asking the swimming community for help. He has created a Kickstarter campaign page to raise funds to cover the publishing costs for the book "Touch -- The Marin Morrison Story." (Read More)


April 21st - via:
Thanks to all for helping us reach our goal ... WE MADE IT!!  A big hurdle has been leapt, but there are more to go. No reason to stop reaching ... let's keep the campaign going. Here's our stars just after they heard the news:  (Read More)

Missy Franklin Touch the Wall Documentary Breaks $110,000 Kickstarter Goal

April 21st - via:
It’s time to pay up. Count us among the 747 donors (as of posting) who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign for the makers of the Missy Franklin Touch the Wall documentary, and now that $110,000 has been reached, bank accounts will officially be debited and pledge prizes will flow. Most importantly, we’ll all get to see exactly what the Franklin family went through on the way to making one of the splashiest Olympic debuts in the history of sports. (Read More)

Filmmakers Luck Out

April 20th - via:
More great press from Yahoo! Sports: Seems we "Veteran Filmmakers" know how to pick a horse. Just a couple days left.  Time to nudge those... (Read More)

Kickstart This: 'Touch the Wall' Follows Olympic Swimmers to Gold

April 19th - via:
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we want to turn your attention to a feature documentary called Touch the Wall. Ever wonder what it takes to win a gold medal at the Olympics? This doc follows 17-year-old Missy Franklin and her teammate Kara Lynn Joyce as they train for two years before winning multiple medals at the London Olympics last year. (Read More)

Six Days Left!

April 17th - via:
Friends, family and fans of Touch The Wall. The clock is ticking and we are close. We have six days left to raise the remaining $20,000 and now is the time to ask for your help. Please reach out to others to share our project with those who might... (Read More)

A New Reward - High Performance Swim Camp with Olympic Coach David Marsh of SwimMAC Carolina

April 15th - via:
For swimmers looking to dramatically improve their swimming comes a HIGH PERFORMANCE SWIM CAMP WITH OLYMPIC COACH DAVID MARSH. David, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history (Auburn), a three time Olympic Coach (most recently in 2012) and the... (Read More)

Adding a T-Shirt to your pledge (or upgrading to another reward)

April 13th - via:
Several folks have asked about adding a T-Shirt to their pledge ... or upgrading their pledge. If you'd like to add a T-Shirt - either the black line or the Missy reaching - do this: - go to our project page and look in the upper right hand corner... (Read More)


April 12th - via:
A New Reward - The FITTER and FASTER TOUR! Now, for the $175 level, you get a signed Poster of the film (by the Miss and Kara), a credit (as always), a free month of GoSwim, a download of the film (Special Edition) AND an admission to the Swim Outlet... (Read More)

Christo on the Morning Swim Show

April 10th - via:
Here's Christo in all his bespectacled glory on the Swimming World's Morning Swim Show - Pull up a chair, cause it's not a short interview.  (Read More)

Almost Half Way There

April 5th - via:
Thank you for all your help an support. We are almost half way there and we are hoping to pick up speed. We need the support and help from our backers and swimmers everywhere. Please share our videos and encouraging people to pledge today. Keep an... (Read More)

9News KUSA story

April 4th - via:
More great pub today, this time from KUSA in Denver.  (Read More)

Missy Picks Up the Trash - a private video

April 2nd - via:
In case you hadn't seen it, Touch the Wall made the NYTimes last week - Catching a Champion Swimmer on Film!  We're big-time now. In the article, Karen Crouse described a scene we witnessed at Colorado State Championships 2012.   It happened at... (Read More)

Missy Franklin's world has been changed ... kinda.

March 26th - via:
We're just past the half way mark, and we're picking up steam.  Please continue to get the word out.  Thanks to all of you. Here's a tease we just posted on Vimeo:  (Read More)

A hearty shout out to our first Contributing Producer!!

March 18th - via:
It seems Jessica Hardy's support has inspired others to support Touch the Wall, including our first Contributing Producer.  Thanks for your support of the film and for the sport of swimming.  Keep the love coming!  Here's Kara and Missy talking... (Read More)

The Stars hit the big pool.

March 15th - via:
Todd and the Stars take Spring training to a different place, in a different way.  Shot in Key Largo, Florida in March 2012.  (Read More)

Missy's First Medal

March 6th - via:
After Missy returned from London, we sat down with her in her living room.  As usual, Missy was multi-tasking, working a project for school. She pulled out her medals for us and talked a bit about how her life had changed.  We haven't edited this... (Read More)

the 10k mark

February 25th - via:
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Missy Franklin Documentary, Touch The Wall, Kickstarter Campaign - Donate Now

February 23rd - via:
The Kickstarter campaign for Touch The Wall is less than 24 hours in and $2,921 has already been raised. The campaign has 59 days to go, but our guess is you’ll miss out on the opportunity to play a role in the making of this film if you don’t act quickly. (While writing this post, we’ve had to update the number six times already!) (Read More)

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